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    Haru 2024 Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk

    How many ranks do you think Shimanoumi will drop with a 5-10 from J9e ? Maybe two ? But he shouldn't worry, though, a solid 8-7 will probably bring him back to Makuuchi.
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    New Juryo for Natsu

    Of course Shimanoumi deserved his sekitori slot at some point. This is not a collective sport that allows one to hide his mediocrity behind a star-studded assembly and be successful. Even banzuke luck or outright help can only bring you so far. It is also obvious these days are long gone. Why he and Tsushimanada were allowed to stay is very, very hard to explain.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2023

    One thing they like to do is underpromote or overpromote a recently punished rikishi just to extend his punishment, so to speak, even when said rikishi was not forced to sit out a certain number of basho. Another thing they like to do is to forget how they dealt with a particular situation in the past. That's why we get inconsistent outcomes in similar situations.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2023

    I get your point, I guess. You expect a punishment to be all bad things, but there is a good side to it that is part of almost any such punishment in sumo, like the time to rest the body a little after so many years of hard work - losing fitness in the process, nothing comes for free -, gearing up with softer foes before rejoining the big event, picking up a couple of Yusho on the way just an additional booster to one's self confidence , and maybe a good re-entry spot in Makuuchi. It simply can't be helped.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2023

    Fighting lower rankers might be a small advantage but given the huge disadvantage of being unable to fight in his prime for a rather extended period of time against a not superbly strong field, is like getting 5 box after losing 50. So not a great deal IMHO even if we consider he brought that on himself.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2023

    Miyabiyama's last demotion in 2013 was not baseball-gambling related though. He gave it a last try and busted. Number's wise, Asanoyama's stay in Juryo makes sense, but sumo-wise I'd rather see a possible Yusho contender racking up wins against lower rankers, than see strong but somewhat slow-tachiai Hokuseiho trying to adapt to the speed of the big show.
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    Juryo video, return of Asanoyama and Ochiai

    As far as Juryo videos are concerned, Youtube is your friend. It is easy to find them and there are a myriad of sources elsewhere too. Promotion/demotion discussions have their own topic. Some people, like Kintamayama, believe that Asanoyama will be denied a Makuuchi return on the grounds that the Kyokai like long, informal punishments. But there are other opinions. There are posts about Ochiai, as well. I would start my search here. If you happen to know some Japanese, his wikipedia entry might be of some use.
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    Promotion /Demotion and Yūshō Discussion Hatsu 2023

    I have a hunch they will somehow keep Terutsuyoshi in Juryo. It doesn't make sense, but I've been frustated by so many such underpromotions that I've learned to expect them. That said, I hope you are right. I would love to see Talkshowryu again in Juryo, and who doesn't want to see Ochiai mingling with the "big guys" ?
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    He is a kind of white wrestler from the former Soviet Block (even though he was born after the USSR collapsed, before another academic points that out). I used the Eastern European concept - not entirely inaccurate - to refer to both ideas. I am deeply sorry if I offended our stand-by Scholars. But that is a good reminder of why not to post. From the Wikipedia: "Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental landlocked country located mainly in Central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe. [bold is mine]" Yes, it is a tiny part, but it is there.
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    When I think of these Eastern European rikishi, the first image that pops into my mind is that of a tall, strong and rather technically-challenged type of lad, not to say clumsy. I haven't seen all his of bouts yet, but Kinbozan clearly doesn't fit this description. His college pedigree most likely plays a role here, because his balance is quite good as well as his composure. He seems to know where to target his attacks and how to time them accordingly. I look forward to seeing him in Juryo.
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    Trivia bits

    Asanowaka will eventually leave this list. I am less confident about Dairaido though.
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    New Juryo for Nagoya 2022

    You beat me to it. Kotokuni had a pair of nice 9-6 records before crumbling. I actually don't expect much more from Chiyosakae, but then again I'd never expected him to get there in the first place. Anyway it was enjoyable to watch him even flirt with a double-digit score after starting 1-3.
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    Nagoya 2022

    He isn't that small, though I agree that a couple of inches more would do no harm. I tend to see him as a Musoyama without A/C, Navigation and all the fancy stuff they add to cars these days. He is the basic version, but it is a good version.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Due the COVID thing, this Basho is starting to feel more and more like one of those Charles Bronson movies that end for the lack of characters. The last one standing wins it all. Hokuseiho's tachiai is so slow that whenever I watch his bouts, I kind of expect it to be called a "matta". He looks like a talented tennis player lacking a decent serve. As I am not the only one noticing this, it is fair to assume that he must have been working on that for quite some time now. Yet, he has nothing to show for it. Please, don't speak ill of Shimanoumi. He has the thickest and by far the best hair in the whole Ozumo. On a more serious note, though, he is or at least used to be a good all-rounder, with a good technique on and off the belt coupled with good speed and overall solid balance. This time, however, he looks very weak as most of his losses are coming via power techniques. He even gets into some good positions, but is easily outmuscled. He looks spent and there must be some kind of underlying ailment or just age might have caught up to him.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Am I the only one surprised by Nishikigi's latest surge ? It is rather common to see a veteran bounce back after a couple of basho in Juryo like Myogiryu did a few years ago, or maybe return after an extended stay in the lower ranks when a visible injury is the main culprit, but Nishikigi spent 9 consecutive basho in Juryo, dropping as low as J13 - and had a make-koshi there - before getting back to a single digit Maegashira rank. Kind of surprising. He's become the Matt Carpenter of Sumo.